MOBILE, Alabama – Council Traditional School was named a National Blue Ribbon School today by the U.S. Department of Education.
This is the highest honor bestowed among America’s public and private schools. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Blue Ribbon is awarded to schools where students perform at very high levels. Schools must be nominated by their states to receive a Blue Ribbon.
Today, the U.S. Department announced that 286 schools nationwide are 2013 Blue Ribbon schools. That includes six schools in Alabama. Those schools will be recognized in Washington, D.C. in November.
“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."
Council – a college-preparatory elementary magnet school located near downtown Mobile – is the 11th Mobile County Public School to win a Blue Ribbon.
Past Mobile County winners are: Anna Booth, Calcedeaver, Dodge, George Hall, Mary B. Austin and Spencer elementary schools; Clark-Shaw Magnet and Phillips Preparatory middle schools; and Davidson and Murphy high schools.
“We are very proud to have another Mobile County public school recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, which signifies their commitment to excellence in education,” said Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek.
Council Principal Hattie Alexander said her school provides students with a well-rounded education. “We have an exciting educational experience for children where they get to participate in Spanish almost every other day. We have a comprehensive science lab, art. And our students have a solid, traditional education experience in math, reading and the core subjects,” Alexander said.
Council is one of a handful of Alabama elementary schools that is a certified pre-International Baccalaureate School. The school has a strings orchestra program and 100 percent participation in its PTA.
Dr. Lynda Carroll, the assistant Mobile County schools superintendent who oversees Council, said she’s proud of Alexander and Council for winning this award. “There’s a wonderful professional learning community at Council,” Carroll said. “The staff is exemplary. The principals’ leadership is something to be modeled throughout the district.”
Council has been an elementary school for 103 years; however, the school was reconstituted as a magnet school 25 years ago. The Council community is very proud of its legacy as a school of academic excellence and boasts the motto: “Choose the challenge, choose excellence, choose Council!”
Comments on "Council Traditional named a U.S. Blue Ribbon School"
What an amazing accomplishment for Council! It's great to see such a collaborative effort to bring students and teachers together to achieve academically at a national standard level of education. So proud of you all!